Why we drink water Pt.2 – an update

Following on from this post, I thought that those of you who might be following the water plan or were considering giving it a go would appreciate an update.

4 weeks ago, I went from barely any water intake at all to drinking at least a 1 litre jug a day – usually more. Everything was going really well until my entire family contracted a nasty virus that made us unable to keep any food or water down for a few days, which somewhat upset my plan and set it back rather a lot. When I did feel able to drink again after 2 days, it wasn’t much and I was fighting nausea every step of the way. I lost 6lbs in weight and looked like hell, so it was hardly the glowing results I had hoped for! So I have decided to hit the re-set button and start over.

A few results I can share with you now, however.  I started to see a definite improvement in my urine. It is barely coloured anymore and never smells as it previously had. My joints seem more supple and I no longer struggle to get out of my seat at work or hobble about as my body adjusts after 3 hours of sitting at a desk. My skin has REALLY improved. I have no blemishes at all, and my skin seems smooth and more plumped out. I’m still waiting for something to change under my eyes…..nothing really noticeable as yet.

I’ve had a couple of headaches, but that’s all. As a migraine sufferer, I am used to twice weekly headaches as well as monthly migraines. It’s still not completely better, but it is much improved.

That’s all I can think of for now, but I am hoping to update you again in a month, with my ‘after’ picture. In the meantime, why not click the link above, have a read and try this for yourself?


Why we drink water…..

Can drinking water take years off your face?

After reading this article over at the Mail Online, I was inspired to try my own experiment. After all, a picture like this is certainly enough to spur anyone on:


After thinking about how much water I drank each day and admitting the answer was none (I drank tea, coffee and coke!), I decided that the article might be onto something. I suffer from frequent headaches, often crippling ones which in turn become migraines and incapacitate me for a couple of days at a time. I have noticed that my skin is less firm and there are dark circles and bags under my eyes.  I put it down to having a 16 month old who wakes at 6am no matter what, and turning 40 years of age. But what if I am depriving my own body of the very thing it needs most in order to function correctly?

Top 10 reasons why we should drink water (thank you Abby Phon at Mindbodygreen.com)

Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water: Don’t Medicate, Hydrate!

1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted.

2. Promotes Weight Loss 
– Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant), raises your metabolism and has zero calories.

3. Flushes Out Toxins 
– Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).

4. Improves Skin Complexion 
– Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around.

5. Maintains Regularity
 – Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.

6. Boosts Immune System
 – A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.

7. Natural Headache Remedy
 – Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.

8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains
 – Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

9. Puts You in a Good Mood
 – When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy.

10. Save Money!
 – Water is FREE. Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte.
I started drinking a huge jug of water a day 2 days ago.  This is day 3, and I have already noticed some slight changes. Because I sit at a desk all day and am very busy, I often forget to get up and move around and when I do, I’m stiff and achy – particularly my right ankle which I have sprained very badly on 3 separate occasions over the years. Yesterday I got up to go for a bathroom break and noticed I had a spring in my step and no aches or stiffness. I thought I was just having a good day and didn’t put it down to water intake until I read the article above, point. 8.

My urine is no longer dark yellow. Now it’s a light yellow….hopefully soon to become clear!
I’m still waiting for the skin miracle, but it’s early days yet. My selfie is below. I’ll keep you posted and post pictures and updates as I go along. It can’t hurt, right?
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